Ashley Sonlin

Young singer-songwriter Ashley Sonlin will join a pantheon of famous musicians when she begins study at Berklee College of Music in fall 2011. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee was founded in 1945 by radio engineer Lawrence Berk and has since become one of the premier music schools in the United States. As a top student and National Honor Society member at Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania, Ashley Sonlin earned early admission to Berklee College of Music. She was introduced to Berklee in 2010, when she participated in its Five-Week Summer Performance Program. There, Ashley Sonlin was selected as a member of the popular Tower of Power Ensemble, led by trumpeter Wayne Naus, and performed at the Berklee Performance Center. As a singer and guitarist who began writing songs at age seven, Ashley Sonlin will walk in the footsteps of alumni such as Quincy Jones, Melissa Etheridge, Bruce Hornsby, and Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. Nearly 200 Berklee alumni have won Grammy Awards, and more have Emmys, Oscars, and Latin Grammys gracing their shelves. Ashley Sonlin will also be able to take advantage of the school’s five performance venues, two student record labels, and five Internet radio channels. Ms. Sonlin will join a student body of more than 4,000 from 80 countries. Even before studying at Berklee, Ashley Sonlin has demonstrated her performance chops in varied venues. In high school, she volunteered to play at nursing homes and charitable benefits. With her vocal coach, Robert Marks, she plays in New York City cabarets. She opened for Micah Sloat of the film Paranormal Activity at The House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, and performed at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, standing on the same stage as musical legends Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Hank Williams. Her original songs can be heard on YouTube and on her website, www.ashleysonlin.com.